Beqa Lagoon - The Ultimate Shark Encounter in Fiji!
Get your adrenaline pumping and dive with countless sharks without a cage in Fiji! See Bull sharks, Tiger sharks, Silvertips and many other shark species in one single dive! It is show time!
Did you ever encounter a shark during your dive adventures? Have you ever done a shark dive? In Fiji they offer 'guaranteed' shark encounters! This ultimate shark encounter at Beqa Lagoon is world famous for observing countless sharks during one single dive.
How many shark species do you know? You can tick off a few of your bucket list here. Get your adrenaline pumping and watch Bull sharks, Nurse sharks, Lemon sharks, Silvertip sharks, Grey sharks plus White- and Blacktip reef sharks. What a thrill! Are you scared yet?
The absolute highlight here is seeing a Tiger shark up close and it is all without a cage!
|Dive area name||Beqa Lagoon, between Pacific Harbour and Beqa Island|
|Dive center||Aqua-Trek Beqa Diving (not recommended, go with Beqa Lagoon Resort )|
|Price||Day trip with 2 dives: 390 Fiji dollar (190 US dollar)|
|Hotel recommendation||Beqa Lagoon Resort|
Shark feeding: Show time!Sharks and thousands of fish are circling around as soon as you enter the water, probably as soon as they hear the boats coming - it is feeding time!
Public trash cans filled with dead fish are placed and secured underwater while all the divers get ready to go down. Because of possible high waves and surface currents they have set up an infrastructure of mooring lines and ascent / descent lines so everybody can descend easily one by one without drifting away from 'the arena'.
Shark feeding at Beqa Lagoon, Fiji!
A man-made wall is created at about 20 meters depth so everybody can watch the show safely from behind the wall without damaging the reef. Side-by-side all divers (about 20 on our dive) kneel down while the dive guides (carrying a metal bar) keep an eye out for Go Pros and hands sticking out too far.
Since the trash cans have holes in the top the sharks can smell the food easily. The dive guides that are doing the feeding have special chain mail armor on their arms and wear gloves to hand-feed the sharks. Piece by piece the bait is taken out of the can and served to the sharks. The sharks circle around and grab a piece before swimming away right over your head - WOW!
Feeding sharks in Fiji!
About the organization of Aqua-TrekThe Aqua-Trek dive center is located close to the Queens road bridge in Pacific Harbour. The funny thing is that I like to check-in the day before to meet the staff, fill out the paperwork and sort out equipment without time pressure, but that was obviously not part of their logistics. We could buy a cup of brewed coffee (for 5 Fiji dollars!) but the shop was more or less closed for visitors.
Got photobombed by a sergeant major (stripey fish)!
In between the dives drinking water and some cookies were provided. The crew was very experienced in running this show - everything went smoothly and in a timely and safe manner. You are being monitored the whole time. The aluminum boat has one seating area with dive tank benches, there is no dry area or toilet on board. The trip from the dive center to the dive sites took us only 10 minutes. Around 2 PM we were back at the dive center.
The shark dives are not scheduled daily and they take only a limited number of divers. We needed to delay our dive trip due to fully booked days, so book in advance! You pay about 200 US dollars for 2 dives, I have to admit that is by far the highest price I have ever paid for such a short dive (without free coffee :-)).
The ultimate shark encounter at Beqa Lagoon, Fiji!
Eco-tourism and shark conservationIn Beqa Lagoon Fiji certified SCUBA divers seek the opportunity to observe sharks in nature. These wild animals are attracted using bait and if watching sharks in aquariums seems unnatural to you, you might want to think twice about this trip sold as a shark eco-tourism adventure.
To be honest with you, this is NOT my kind of diving. I am happy that I did it after doubting about it and reading up on things but I would rather see a small percentage of these sharks in a natural way. Compared to the Thresher shark dives in Malapascua , snorkeling with whale sharks around Isla Mujeres and the Hammerhead shark dives in Mexico, even the ones I guided in The Maldives, shark feeding really is a different thing and it does not make me happy. Having that said, this is a guaranteed shark encounter, an effective way to raise awareness for the sharks and it gives amazing photo opportunities to share your love for these wonderful animals.
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Read how to combine diving around Beqa Lagoon with Bligh Water (the soft coral capital of the world) and other things to do on the island during a Fiji Road Trip on a Budget: 7 Days Viti Levu Itinerary!
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